18 in 18

In my post a couple of days ago, I posted my reverse bucket list and said that I would post my 18 in 18 list on New Year’s Day, but I just can’t wait. I’ve been working on it for the past month, working out what I would like to do and achieve in 2018, to help make it a much better year than 2017 has been.

I’m a list person, and have been for years. 

In 2011, I made a New Year’s Resolution list of some length – 101 things to do 2011. I didn’t quite finish the list, but I did complete around 80% of it by the end of the year, so I was quite pleased with that. I had been mocked by my mother and sister, who said at the start of the year that I would give up on it by February, but I didn’t, and don’t think I did too badly.

This year, I have set 18 goals, which are more focused on family, health, enjoying life more and reducing some of our current life pressures. I will post updates on my progress as I go along.



  • Monthly date with Ad 
  • Take Archie on some new adventures
  • Take more family photos to create a book at the end of the year, to give out as a gift


  • Pick a new habit which will improve my health and well being
  • Tackle one of my bad eating habits
  • Reach target weight of 10st (140lbs) – my biggest challenge this year
  • Walk 4 million steps – pushing me to walk more, and is not a totally unrealistic target
  • Go out on my bike at least once this year
  • Dance to one song everyday – (unless feeling unwell or unforeseen circumstances)


  • Pay off one of my loans
  • Pay off one of my credit cards and close account
  • Save earlier in the year for Christmas instead of having all the expense at the end of the year

Various Activities

  • Try 20 recipes or foods that I have previously not tried
  • Achieve at least 5 things on my 40before40 list
  • Read at least 5 books for my 40before40 reading task
  • Complete a 1000 piece jigsaw
  • Visit at least 5 new places
  • Go to the cinema at least 3 times – I really enjoy going to the cinema but never really go anymore

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